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'Right-to-die' act hangs in limbo amid special sessions' inaction

'Right-to-die' act hangs in limbo amid special sessions' inaction

That ballyhooed new California law allowing terminally ill patients to end their suffering by swallowing a lethal pill won't take effect any time soon. And nobody knows when it will.

Conceivably, it might not be until late next year — or even 2017.

First, the Legislature must adjourn its special session on healthcare financing. Then 90 days later, the "right to die" act can become real.

You probably haven't been paying much attention to the Legislature's special session. Don't feel guilty. Neither has the Legislature.

The lawmakers have pretty much checked out of Sacramento for the year and aren't scheduled to return until Jan. 4, although they're...